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Previewing and exporting grayscale PDFs

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Adobe InDesign has always been about CMYK and RGB and Lab colors, but what about gray. InDesign has never had it, until now. In CS6, we have grayscale support. First of all, before we go to the Print dialog box, where I'll show you how you can specify the one to output gray, it's very useful if you can actually see what your document is going to look like as grayscale, and you do that from the View menu. Go to Proof Setup, and right now, it's set up to be Documents CMYK--whatever I set up in my color settings--but we want to go to Custom and under Device to Simulate, you choose one of these, Dot Gain or Gray Gamma.

Previewing and exporting grayscale PDFs

Adobe InDesign has always been about CMYK and RGB and Lab colors, but what about gray. InDesign has never had it, until now. In CS6, we have grayscale support. First of all, before we go to the Print dialog box, where I'll show you how you can specify the one to output gray, it's very useful if you can actually see what your document is going to look like as grayscale, and you do that from the View menu. Go to Proof Setup, and right now, it's set up to be Documents CMYK--whatever I set up in my color settings--but we want to go to Custom and under Device to Simulate, you choose one of these, Dot Gain or Gray Gamma.

So I am going to leave the Gray Gamma 1.8, and then just click OK and we are looking at grayscale. So Proof Colors has automatically been turned on. And notice interestingly that the Pages panel remains in the Document CMYK, but if we go to page 2 and 3, that's what this looks like in grayscale. I am going to go back up to the View and turn off Proof Colors. There it is, in bright RGB. Turn back on, Grayscale.

So whatever reason that you might have for wanting to print to grayscale from a color file or create a grayscale PDF, remember that the first thing you probably want to do is proof it in grayscale. By the way, it's not 100% grayscale- savvy yet, because, for example, under the Edit menu, you can't assign a grayscale profile to anything. Grayscale doesn't appear in this list, and it's not part of any of the other color settings. It's only up here under View > Proof Setup by choosing it for the Custom list and then turning on Proof Colors.

Now whether or not you are proofing in grayscale--I am going to turn that off-- you can always print or export to PDF. I will just use the Print dialog box as an example. Go to File and choose Print and here in Output, under Color, here is where you can choose Composite Gray. There you go. And then you'll see that if you then go to Color Management, you see the output color is going to be Composite Gray. There's not much else that you can choose here. That's how you use the new grayscale features in InDesign CS6.

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InDesign CS6 New Features

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  1. 1m 59s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 2s
  2. 14m 23s
    1. Exploring interface tweaks
      6m 56s
    2. Examining the new tools and dialog boxes
      7m 27s
  3. 32m 41s
    1. Working with the Conveyer tool
      10m 7s
    2. Linking objects
      12m 11s
    3. Mapping styles
      10m 23s
  4. 50m 5s
    1. Understanding flexible layouts
      8m 16s
    2. Working with Alternate Layout
      12m 52s
    3. Understanding Liquid Layout rules
      7m 30s
    4. Using the basic Liquid Page Rule options: Scale, Re-center, and Based on Master
      6m 52s
    5. Applying guide-based Liquid Layout rules
      8m 10s
    6. Applying object-based Liquid Layout rules
      6m 25s
  5. 14m 51s
    1. Working with flexible columns
      3m 27s
    2. Auto-sizing text frames
      5m 28s
    3. Exploring the primary text frame
      5m 56s
  6. 8m 15s
    1. Accessing recently used fonts
      2m 9s
    2. Applying Keep settings to spans and tables
      2m 45s
    3. Fitting frames to different types of text content
      3m 21s
  7. 28m 27s
    1. Using advanced EPUB 2 export controls
      9m 12s
    2. Exporting an EPUB 3
      9m 16s
    3. Inserting HTML and Edge content
      9m 59s
  8. 28m 4s
    1. Reviewing the new Form tools
      7m 21s
    2. Creating and previewing a basic form
      14m 40s
    3. Testing the form in Acrobat
      6m 3s
  9. 21m 24s
    1. Aligning selections to a key object
      2m 17s
    2. Using Save As to create a file for earlier versions of InDesign
      1m 40s
    3. Retaining table headers and footers
      2m 58s
    4. Importing RTFD and exporting to PNG
      4m 38s
    5. Using smart math in fields
      2m 13s
    6. Exporting interactive PDFs as pages
      1m 9s
    7. Previewing and exporting grayscale PDFs
      2m 22s
    8. Using the new world language support
      4m 7s
  10. 1m 6s
    1. Next steps
      1m 6s

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